Apple is gearing up to launch a new 16GB iPod touch model with a rear camera and in multiple colors, according to MacRumors and French website iGen.fr. The report claims the new iPod touch model could be launched as early as next week.
Apple had first introduced the 32GB and 64GB 5th generation iPod touch in October 2012 starting at $299, and later launched a stripped down 16GB model without rear camera for $229. The 16GB iPod touch is only available in space gray, and not in multiple colors like the 32GB and 64GB models.
The report claims that the new 16GB iPod touch will be available for $199. The report also notes that Apple will be adding just the 16GB model, and won’t be updating the entire iPod touch product line.
The 5th generation iPod touch is quite outdated as it comes with components such as the A5 chip and a 5-megapixel iSight camera. Apple’s A5 chip was introduced with the release of Apple’s iPad 2 tablet in March 2012, and also powers the iPhone 4s, third generation Apple TV and the first generation iPad mini.
We were expecting Apple to unveil the next generation iPod touch later this year, but it seems unlikely if it launches a new 16GB model. It also remains to be seen if Apple will discontinue the current 16GB iPod touch, or lower the price. Some analysts expect Apple to replace the iPod line with the long rumored iWatch sometime in the future.